Gene McCabe is in his 14th season as the head men’s lacrosse coach at Washington and Lee. He also currently serves as the President of the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Coaches Association (USILA).
McCabe claims the most wins in program history, posting a 160-78 (.672) overall record across his first 13 seasons. He also boasts five NCAA Tournament bids and three ODAC Tournament titles. He has guided W&L to double-digit wins in 10 of his 13 seasons, including each of the last eight years, which have included four appearances in the ODAC Championship game.
W&L tied the school record for wins (16-5) during the 2019 campaign, winning the ODAC title and advancing to the third round of the NCAA Tournament. McCabe was named ODAC Coach of the Year for the second time in his career, after W&L claimed its third straight ODAC regular season championship. The Generals chattered the school record for goals in a season, tallying 329 goals in 21 games (15.7 gpg). Additionally, A.J. Witherell '21 broke the school's career scoring record and was named First Team All-American for the second straight year.
The 2018 season also featured a high-scoring offense that averaged 13.95 goals per game and set a then school record for goals in a season (279). The Generals finished 15-5 overall, won the ODAC regular season title and advanced to the third round of the NCAA Tournament before falling to Dickinson in overtime by a score of 10-9. For their efforts, McCabe and his staff were recognized as the IMLCA South Region Coaching Staff of the Year.
The 2017 squad also claimed the ODAC regular season crown and finished with a 10-7 overall record. The Generals averaged 15.6 goals per outing.
McCabe's 2016 team started slow with a 2-2 record after four games, but went on to win 13 of its next 14 games to claim the ODAC title and advance to the NCAA Tournament. The Generals knocked off Sewanee in the opening round, before falling to York in the second round. W&L finished the season with a 16-4 record, tying the program record for wins in a season.
The Generals also advanced to the NCAA Tournament in 2013 under McCabe's leadership, also tying the school record for wins with a 16-5 overall mark. W&L knocked off top-ranked Salisbury during the regular season and advanced to the ODAC title contest before dropping a 10-9 decision to Roanoke in the finale. The Generals received an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament and defeated Sewanee, before falling to Salisbury in the second round.
McCabe's 2012 team was a young outfit that jelled late in the season, winning four of its final five games to finish as the conference runner-up. Along the way, W&L knocked off third-seeded Hampden-Sydney and second-seeded Roanoke in the conference tournament.
In his third season, McCabe helped W&L capture the ODAC Championship with a 15-14 overtime win over top-ranked and previously unbeaten Roanoke. The Generals advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament before falling to Gettysburg. The Generals completed the season ranked sixth nationally and McCabe was selected as the ODAC Coach of the Year.
McCabe's 2014, 2011 and 2008 teams all earned the No. 2 seed in the ODAC tournament and during his tenure, W&L has continued to play one of the toughest schedules in Division III.
McCabe was no stranger to W&L lacrosse upon arriving in the summer of 2006. He had previously served as an assistant lacrosse and football coach for the Generals from 1998-2001. During his three seasons with the lacrosse team, the Generals posted a 43-5 (.896) overall record and a 17-1 mark in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference while achieving a No. 1 National Ranking in 1999 and 2001. Additionally, W&L won two ODAC Championships and participated in the NCAA Tournament twice, advancing to the semifinals in 2000.
After a successful run with the Generals, McCabe left for Hamilton College in January of 2002, steering the Continentals to a 54-18 (.750) overall record in five seasons. His 2003 team finished the season with a school-record 15 wins (15-3), claimed the Liberty League title and advanced to the NCAA Quarterfinals. For his efforts, McCabe was named the Liberty League Coach of the Year and USILA Division III National Coach of the Year. McCabe and his staff were also selected the Liberty League Coaching Staff of the Year following an 11-3 season in 2006. In his five seasons, McCabe mentored seven Continentals to USILA All-America accolades.
McCabe graduated from Bates College in 1995 with a bachelor's degree in European history. At Bates, he lettered in both lacrosse and football. He resides in Lexington and has four daughters; Kaelan, Molly, Ava and Georgia. Kaelan is currently a junior at W&L.
McCABE YEAR-BY-YEAR AT W&L
|2009||16-4||ODAC Champions, NCAA Second Round, ODAC Coach of the Year|
|2013||16-5||ODAC Runner-up, NCAA Second Round|
|2016||16-4||ODAC Champions, NCAA Second Round|
|2018||15-5||ODAC Semifinalist, NCAA Third Round, IMLCA South Region Coaching Staff of the Year|
|2019||16-5||ODAC Champions, NCAA Third Round, ODAC Coach of the Year|
||160-78 (.672)||3 ODAC Titles, 5 NCAA Bids, 2 ODAC Coach of the Year Awards|
|CAREER:||214-96 (.690)||18 Seasons|